Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid faces a vote of no confidence in parliament on Saturday after resisting the president's proposal to help form a new unity government to push through economic reforms. Essid, a technocrat who came to office less than two years ago, has been under fire for slow progress on a financial reforms package to create growth and jobs, initiatives demanded by Tunisia's multilateral lenders. President Beji Caid Essebsi has called for a new unity government to overcome political divisions in the ruling coalition of four parties and respond more quickly to economic and security challenges.
Pope Francis was set to celebrate mass Sunday with some 1.6 million pilgrims in a vast field, wrapping up a emotionally charged trip to Poland which took him to Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. Francis waved to the bleary-eyed crowds as he toured the site in his pope-mobile at the start of a ceremony attended by 1.6 million worshippers, according to Bishop Damian Muskus, the festival's coordinator. At the evening vigil on Saturday, Francis chastised "drowsy and dull kids who confuse happiness with a sofa", urging them to get out and live life rather than spend it glued to smartphones.
United Nations children's agency UNICEF said it is continuing its aid work in northeastern Nigeria, a former stronghold of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, despite an attack on a humanitarian convoy earlier this week. Its statement followed an announcement on Thursday that UNICEF was temporarily suspending humanitarian assistance missions after a convoy was attacked and two aid workers injured as they returned to the northeastern city of Maiduguri after delivering aid in Bama. UNICEF's pledge comes amid warnings of a growing humanitarian crisis in the region, where Boko Haram, seeking to create a state adhering to strict sharia law, took control of a swathe of land around the size of Belgium in late 2014.